RALE Needs Your Help

For the last two and a half years, RALE (Residents Against Landsdale Expansion) has been leading the fight against the Monrovia Town Center, and been a strong voice for responsible development in Frederick County.


We struggled against one development proposal after another – Landsdale, Monrovia Town Center, Smith/Cline, Casey, Blentlinger, Linaanore, Ramsburg, Daysville Glen…

Well more than 8,000 new homes approved by the Young BoCC in the immediate Monrovia/New Market/Linganore area, alone.

If you live in that area, you understand the impact that these developments will have on the region. Too many homes will be built in areas with inadequate infrastructure. Too many cars on the narrow country roads will lead to accidents & injuries, sometimes worse. Traffic congestion and over-crowded schools will be the legacy of the Young BoCC on this area.

To the rest of the county, this will also mean a future laden with tax burdens to deal with the cost of trying to improve the infrastructure. You may not drive the roads or send your children to these schools, but you’ll stay pay dearly.

After the rush to approve so many of these in the last year of the BoCC, you may think it’s all a done deal and that there’s nothing that can be done. Fortunately, that’s wrong – there’s plenty to be done and we’re still doing it! We took our fight against the Monrovia Town Center to the Circuit Court for Frederick County – and won! The court saw through the back room deals and remanded the case back to the county council.


This county council is a far cry from the former BoCC. If (and this is a big IF) we can get them to reconsider their approach and hold a full, fair, and complete set of hearings on the development, then I feel pretty good about our chances.

This process has been draining. The community has always been generous in supporting our fight and I can’t thank you all enough for that. We’re looking ahead toward possibly multiple public hearings before the council and, potentially, back to the Circuit Court. In order to maintain the legal representation that has been so critical, we need to step up our fundraising. 

Here’s what I’d like to ask: Can you commit to $100? It doesn’t have to be all at once. 

If you can donate a bit at a time over a few months, that would be great. If you can donate more, believe me, we’ll need it! If you can’t do that much — I completely understand. Please just remember that none of this happens without community support. It’s always been incredibly important for each of you to voice your concerns, and it’s equally important for each of you to give as best you can.

We can’t guarantee anything — not victory, not even the full hearings that this issue deserves. We can only guarantee that if we don’t keep up the fight, the developers will find a way to convince the council to let this quietly go away. 

We’re not going away. 

But we need your help. 

Warmest regards,

Steve McKay – President, RALE

Here’s how you can donate to RALE:

By mail to:  RALE, PO Box 181, Monrovia, MD, 21770

By PayPal at:  www.RALEMonrovia.com, click on “Donate”

REMEMBER: Your donations to RALE are NOT tax deductible.

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